Published January 26, 2012
OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry scored a season-high 32 points and added seven assists and six rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors extended their recent home dominance against Portland with a 101-93 victory over the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
David Lee had 26 points and five rebounds, and Brandon Rush scored 14 points in relief to give Golden State its 12th win in the last 13 meetings at home against Portland. The Warriors also snapped a three-game losing streak and beat a Western Conference opponent for the first time this season after an 0-6 start.
The Warriors wore down a tired Blazers team late.
Dorell Wright had a pair of dunks and Curry made a 3-pointer to highlight a 16-5 spurt between the third and fourth quarters that put the Warriors ahead 85-75 and seemingly in complete control for another home victory.
Instead, Golden State almost added to its string of recent collapses. After blowing a 20-point lead in a loss at Memphis on Monday night, the Warriors had to hold on in the final minutes.
The Blazers whittled the Warriors' lead to 91-88 on Jamal Crawford's free throws with a little less than 5 minutes to play. Then Monta Ellis, held to only four points but with 12 assists, made a fadeaway and Curry followed with a short jumper to push Golden State back in front by seven to send Portland home with another Bay Area bust.
Curry's surge was a welcome sign for a Warriors team that desperately needs its young franchise player to return to form after missing eight games with a recurring sprain on his surgically repaired right ankle. In only his third game back, the sharp-shooting Curry offset a slow offensive output from his backcourt teammate.
And made the Blazers' blistering start simply disappear.
Showing no signs of team playing its third game in as many nights, Portland pulled away with a combination of easy fast-break layups and offensive rebounds. The Blazers took a 22-12 lead before many fans at Oracle Arena even took their seats.
Fatigue finally caught up to Portland when it mattered most.
Rush came off the bench to spark sluggish Golden State, making back-to-back 3-pointers to highlight a 12-1 run that put the Warriors ahead 24-23 late in the first quarter.
Neither side created much separation the rest of the half.
There were six lead changes and eight ties before the break, with Portland in front 53-48 after shooting 51.3 percent from the field. Golden State shot 44.7 percent in the first half.
Notes: Warriors coach Mark Jackson was a teammate of Blazers F Kurt Thomas and C Marcus Camby for 1 1/2 seasons when they played for the New York Knicks from 2000-02. ... Former rapper and Oakland native MC Hammer was in attendance. ... Golden State was 3-1 against Portland last season and has not lost the season series since 2002-03, when the Blazers completed a 4-0 sweep.